Reviewed by Rob Story
Nov 06, 2008
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Mt. Bachelor, a stately volcanic cone that is part of the Cascades mountain range, rises from Oregon's high desert and is visible for miles in every direction.
An overlooked mountain. Reasonably priced. Great for families.
Ranked No. 16 overall by readers in our 2010 Resort Guide
Big charm. Big vertical.
Far from everywhere. Snow can be fickle.
Telluride sits in the San Juans, among the tallest peaks in Colorado. So it’s not surprising that the resort boasts “some of the most challenging lift-served skiing in America.” The flip side: The rugged setting deters interstates and airports, making Telluride notoriously hard to reach. (“Long trip from south Florida!” a reader gripes.) Though spectacular, Telluride’s acreage isn’t overwhelming; neither are its people movers. (“They might add character for locals, but they are cold and slow for the rest of us.”) But if you’re itching for big vert, come on down: 3,845 feet. Bump that up to 4,425 feet by hiking Palmyra Peak. Like Utah’s Wasatch, the San Juans face west and welcome dry snow. But sometimes those flakes act finicky, prompting a complaint of “lousy weather this year.” Yet despite what’s outside, Telluride swings like a smaller Aspen after dark—with a little more soul. —Rob Story
Après Spot » Oak, in the place of Fat Alley BBQ at the base of Lift 8, serves up sunny tables and its predecessors' signature cans of Schlitz.
Don’t Miss » The Telluride Room at the Wilkinson Public Library gives a unique—and free—glimpse into Telluride’s heritage, with artifacts and views of the Bear Creek drainage.
On-Hill Lunch » Alpino Vino, high on Gold Hill, has the finest wine list and antipasti. Getting a seat can be tough; go early—or late.
GO: Where to stay
Apres: Your guide to eats & drinks
This Telluride restaurant is perfect for a special occasion.
Kick back after a long day of skiing on the patio of this Telluride hot-spot.
Located in the New Sheridan Hotel, the Chop House Restaurant specializes in dry aged USDA prime steaks and seafood flown in daily.